A married Illinois woman was charged with one count of solicitation of murder for hire Wednesday after allegedly contracting a company on the dark web to kill her boyfriend’s spouse.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Tina Jones, 31, of Des Plaines, reportedly made a $10,000 bitcoin payment in January to a spurious Internet company called Cosa Nostra International Network for the foiled hit, which DuPage County state’s attorney spokesman Paul Darrah called a “scam.”
Local law enforcement received a tip from producers at CBS News’ “48 Hours” on April 12 stating that their research into online contract killings had uncovered information about the planned assassination. A police investigation confirmed the findings.
The Daily Herald reports that Jones, a nurse at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, allegedly engaged in an extramarital affair with an anesthesiologist colleague at the hospital. His wife, the target of the alleged murder-for-hire plot, is a clinical social worker in Naperville.
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin told ABC News, “This woman not only paid over $10,000, but she left specific instructions on the website as to when the woman’s husband would be at work, so they would know when this woman would be alone.”
“She left instructions not to hurt the husband and also to make it look like it was an accident,” Berlin continued.
Jones turned herself into police Tuesday. She’s being held on $250,000 bond as she awaits a May 15 arraignment. She could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
[Feature Photo: Tina Jones/Police Handout]